Acoustic Neuroma

Condition/Diagnosis: Acoustic Neuroma

Overview:
A slow-growing and noncancerous tumor that develops on the main nerve connecting the ear to the brain.

Symptoms/Warning Signs:
This tumor may cause hearing loss, unsteadiness, and ringing in the ears due to the fact that an increase in growth will put pressure on the nerve it lies on and impede regular functions. Although very uncommon, this tumor can grow very rapidly.

Treatments:
Various treatments can be performed. Said treatments are as follows: regular monitoring, Gamma Knife radiation and surgical removal. The physicians at Colorado Brain and Spine Institute work in a multi-disciplinary manner with Neuro-otologist to treat these lesions. They use advanced surgical techniques to map out the skull based tumor before surgery and monitor the nerves around the tumor to help preserve function and improve functional outcomes.